Tuesday | 03 Feb 2015

Route tweaks and all-new stage coming to Germany

The route of ADAC Rallye Deutschland, round nine of this year’s World Championship (20 to 23 August), will feature a number of changes compared to last year, including an overhaul of day one and an all-new stage.

First included in the WRC in 2002, the rally will be based once again from the city of Trier, with stages in the Moselle region, the Eifel region, the Saarland and the legendary Panzerplatte military range.

After the traditional start ceremony at the historic Porta Nigra in Trier on Thursday night, the organising team, headed by Clerk of the Course Alfred Rommelfanger, has devised a new challenge for the opening day. 

Friday will begin with the 15km Sauertal Stage located near the Luxembourg border. The section was used in 2014 but will be run this time in the reverse direction. Next up is Waxweiler, close to the the Belgian border and run for the first time last year. An all-new stage in the Spangdahlem area near the A60 motorway is planned as the third speed test, and is billed as the perfect transition from the Eifel to the Moselle region - the setting for the Moselland Stage that completes the morning loop. After a midday service in Trier all four stages will be repeated in the afternoon.

Saturday (22 August) will begin with the Grafschaft stage (approx. 18km long), with slight changes compared to last year. The next challenge will be a Special Stage in the Saarland. Then the action will shift to the Baumholder military range and two very different tests: a spectator-friendly sprint of approximately 3km and a 47km version that is one of the longest stages of the year. Stages will be repeated in the afternoon.
The final day's schedule (23 August) has two stages with slightly modified itineraries compared to 2014: the 20km Stein & Wein and the Dhrontal stage north-east of Trier. The hairpin-littered Dhrontal will be the Power Stage, and has been trimmed from 24km to 15km to bring it in line with the latest WRC regulations. The event will conclude on Sunday afternoon with a podium ceremony at the Porta Nigra.

For details of how to purchase a spectator pass visit shop.rallye-deutschland.de

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